California-based heavy experimental duo, Wreck and Reference have returned with their best and most distinct work, their sophomore full-length -Want. Want sees the band taking a more refined and melodic sonic direction, yet the band keeps a foot in the experimental, electronic, and post-metal genre. Mixed and mastered by Jack Shirly (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta), Want is Wreck and Reference fully realized: undeniably nihilistic, and devastatingly addictive.
Since their inception in 2011, the band has (de)constructed a manifesto of post-genre misanthrope. Wreck and Reference have become known as being a trainwreck of contradictions. Live, the band has gained a reputation of being devastating while the band’s recorded output has exalted a post-genre misanthropic vision of solipsism, self-doubt and post-modernism. Formed in 2011 by drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference plays by their own rules and creates a sound that is unorthodox and captivating using drums, vocals, and computers. The band released their demo Black Cassette that same year, which immediately turned heads from critics and fans alike. The following year, Wreck and Reference released their debut full-length, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶, to more critical praise. Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ catapulted Wreck and Reference to the forefront of unconventional and mysterious heavy music. The band released their landmark effort C̶o̶n̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ in May of last year on Flenser, which was called “weirdly heavy and unnerving” by NPR.
Shipping mid June.
“Want” will be pressed on black vinyl and limited transparent “beer” colored haze vinyl. Colored vinyl is limited to 300 copies and you can only get it direct from The Flenser store. We are offering CD/Vinyl packages for a limited time. Please see the vinyl product in the Flenser store. Pre-order.
Also We’ve listed a number of out print Wreck & Reference shirts in the Flenser store. These probably won’t get reprinted so please order now if you want one.
Mamaleek is an electronic black metal from San Francisco. Mamaleek is two brothers. Their new album is called “He Never Said a Mumblin Word.”
Vinyl only. Limited to 300 copies. Pre-order now from The Flenser store. These will start shipping before mid July. Pre-order.
Statement from the band:
“Terrestrially-confined, our souls speak the indubitable, no? That there is a pre-critical station of being, before we became shackled to consciousness, slaves to our bodies, our environments, our language, our mommies and daddies, the pitiful puppets-without-strings we now are…We are left only with the symbol and its mythology. Without this, there is only a brutal formalism and woe to it! Mamaleek is a noise that traces symbols and mythos and that is good enough, Goddammit. It is a paean to a bygone bliss, our souls going home, aural restitutions and reparations, wrought by eternal return.
This record marks an end as much as a beginning. While much more was recorded during this time, these four spirituals seem to form a coherence lacking on previous escapades. We are grateful to have this released, casting off the burdens of the past that, try as we might to escape, haunt the soul in a strange fashion. There is no reason to doubt that this is not for anyone. In fact, this was not made by any one but by its enemy. The talismanic forces that control the limbs that push the buttons that make the sounds owe to blood, and flesh, and bone, and neural underpinnings, etc., but I do not want to possess these features anymore and the ineffable within has nothing to write anymore. There is a life inside me and its need for escape is dogmatic and incorrigible. Please excuse this abortive attempt, may it go unheard just as He who never said a mumblin’ word.”